Luiz is playing like an "impostor" under Arsenal boss Arteta

Paul Ince claims Arsenal defender David Luiz is playing like an "impostor" under Mikel Arteta.

The Brazilian made the switch from London rivals Chelsea in the summer but struggled during the first half of the season as Unai Emery was given the boot.

However, Luiz has improved since Arteta took charge at the Emirates and helped the Gunners to a third clean sheet in the row in Thursday night's win against Olympiakos.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Ince has praised Arteta for getting the best out of the centre-back.

He said: "You look at David Luiz, he was terrible under Unai Emery.

"You look at him now and all of a sudden leadership he’s pulling people in saying well done, well done.

"He wasn’t doing that before, he looks like an impostor now.

"But this is what Arteta demands from him, if you are going to be in that central role you are going to have to show leadership.

"That’s what he’s doing. It’s not just the work they are doing on the pitch it’s what goes on off it too. When it all comes together you will see a proper Arsenal team."

Meanwhile, Shkodran Mustafi has refused to rule out remaining at Arsenal beyond the end of the season after rebuilding his relationship with the club's fanbase following his recent resurgence.

The Germany international has endured a strained affiliation with Arsenal supporters since his big-money move from Valencia in 2016 and has often been derided for his defensive capability.

But, alongside Luiz at the heart of the back four, Mustafi has played his part in three consecutive clean sheets – the first time Arsenal have enjoyed such a run in 10 months.

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